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Antelope Valley ‘Season of Service’ gets underway with ‘Hope and Unity Block Party’ tomorrow

J.D. Williams OW Contributor | 1/12/2018, midnight

The city hopes to inspire more than 1,000 selfless volunteers to complete the local projects planned for this year. Volunteers are still needed and may register online at www.cityoflancasterca.org/mlkday.

The remaining 2018 Season of Service events include:

Antelope Valley Homeless Count - Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

• Community Partner: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

• Deployment Center One: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 2120 E.  Ave. R, Palmdale

• Deployment Center Two: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 39546 23rd St. West, Palmdale,

Register at www.theycountwillyou.org/

The Count is the annual event to document homeless in the community and provides valuable information for funding and program development. Youth who wish to participate must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Spring Cleaning: Airpark Edition - Saturday, Feb. 24

• Community Partner: Palmdale Adopt-A-Plane Groups

• Registration Location: Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, 2001 East Ave. P, Palmdale

• Time: 8 – 8:30 am registration; 8:30 am project begins.

Participants in this event will join Adopt-a-Plane groups in preparing the Airpark for another successful season of visitors from around the world.

Community Volunteer Resource Fair - Saturday, April 14

• Location & Time: TBA

• Local agencies will be on hand to provide information about volunteering, donating and engaging opportunities.

Stamp Out Hunger - Saturday, May 12

• Community Partner: United States Postal Service

• Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale

• Time: Varied. Complete list at www.cityofpalmdale.org/servicedays

Volunteers will partner with local letter carriers for the 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive which donates goods to local families in need.

Stamp Out Hunger—Part 2 - Saturday, May 19

• Community Partner: United States Postal Service

• Location: SAVES, 1002 East Avenue Q-12, Palmdale

• Time: Registration from 8 to 8:30 am.

The second installment of the volunteer opportunity will have individuals help SAVES process donations from the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for community distribution.

For Palmdale: Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must complete a Release of Liability (available at www.cityofpalmdale.org or at event registration).

Last year, Palmdale residents donated more than 35,000 hours of service towards making improving the lives of those most in need and beautifying the city in an effort to make Palmdale an even better place to live.

Residents are also allowed and encouraged to create their own service projects.

“If you have an idea for a project or you want to participate in something but you’re not quite sure what, give us a call at (661) 267-5473 and we can help you identify areas of interest,” said Trish Jones. “Or visit us online at www. cityofpalmdale.org/Engaged.”

In the immortal words of Dr. King, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”